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republicans today. >> that scandal is one of the political controversy facing the obama administration right now, but this morning the president's trying to move past them. he is speaking out about the economy. >> let's get to the white house. chuck todd is there. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. it is still damage-control mode for the white house. they are trying to stay in front of these three controversies that have basically hit the pause button on in the president's agenda. but aides say the president is keeping things in perspective, and believe this is just a blip and he will bounce back. just how rough has this week been for the president? consider this question from a reporter on thursday. >> how do you feel about comparisons by some of your critics about this week's scandals to those that happened under the nixon administration. >> i will let you guys engage in those comparisons. >> reporter: nix season comparisons aside during a news conference president obama promised to clean up the irs and the irs announced the retirement of the official who over
, the secretary and general dempsey informed president obama of the latest sexual assault allegations against a soldier was assigned to her that such crimes. we will show you that meeting from, part of that meeting yesterday at the white house as we wait for the news conference at the pentagon. >> i appreciate all of you coming in just for a second. we have gathered here all the top people and not just our military but our entire national security operation. and i want to start off by thanking all the people sitting around this table and in this room for the extraordinary service that they've rendered this country. and i want to also remind everybody that we have folks tiheater right now, men and women in uniform, who are making heroic sacrifices on lf oha our security. and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families because they are dealing with a whole lot to make sure that we are safe. we have focused this conversation, though, on something that is at the core of our effectiveness as a military. i told all these people that one of the great honors of my life is serving as com
and presidential press secretary jay carney as the white house struggled with two scandals that threatened to help define president obama's second term. the first cuts to the core of the first amendment. "associated press" seen your vice president kathleen carroll explained what exactly happened. >> we got a notice from the justice department that they had seized the records of 20 of our telephone lines work and personal lines belonging to a.p. journalists and connecting to a.p. bureaus. >> john: the d.o.j. fishing expedition was triggered by a story last may about an alleged terrorist plot to bomb a u.s.-bound jetliner from yemen. eric holder explained he recused himself from this case after an fbi interview that was part of the original investigation. and he also insisted the fishing expedition had been necessary. >> this was a very serious -- a very serious leak. a very, very serious leak. it put the american people at risk. and trying to determine who was responsible for that, i think required very aggressive action. >> john: according to a.m.p. ceo gary pruitt... >> john: and legendary waterg
learning her chances were high of developing breast cancer. >>> under fire. president obama goes on the record about the irs scandal and the benghazi investigation. twin controversies clouding the white house. >> people have to be held accountable and it has to be fixed. the whole issue of talking points frankly throughout this process has been a side show. >> the bear looks over from that fence over there. >> swimmers scramble when a black bear wanders into a suburban backyard. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, may 14th, 2013.
news center. >> good morning, everybody. president obama has called leadered to the white house to talk about the ongoing crisis of sexual assault in the military. the secretaries of all branches of service and senior enlisted advisors and others are all scheduled to meet with the president. the pentagon has scheduled a press briefing with secretary hagel, and mark dempsey. pentagon estimates as many as 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted last year. kirsten gillibrand is going to introduce legislation that no longer -- gives the cases over to seasoned prosecutors with sexual assault experience. [ inaudible ] is calling on the president to do something that he said he was going to do last night. >> what the president needs to say is that he and his administration will be fully cooperative with the united states congress so that we can restore the american people's trust and the credibility of the irs. >> third, we will work with congress as it performs its oversight role. and our administration has to make sure that we are working ha
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